Quote from Jules A
You lost me at no staff to help with the paperwork, lol. I thought there would be a lot of malingering and wonder about being personally threatened in this line of work. Unfortunately what I have seen is patients who most need the benefits feel they are "fine" and lack the insight to realize they wouldn't be able to hold a job and many of the patients intent on getting the service connection windfall are actually quite capable. The inordinately high prevalence of MST claims is a whole nother can of worms in my opinion.
Not that it's here or there or even really means anything, but as a vet that suffered not just the MST itself, but the humiliation and torment that came from daring to speak up about it, reading that hurts a bit. Did you know that when we deploy, females are instructed that they are not authorized to even go to the bathroom at night by themselves? Doing so, we're told, is putting ourselves out there to be raped by contractors or even those wearing our same uniform. Yes. We are warned to beware our own brothers in uniform, because sexual assault during deployment became that big of a problem. Can. Not. Even. Go. To. The. Bathroom. Had to sign forms that we were aware of this direction and that disobeying it was putting ourselves in direct danger. The victim blaming gets very tiring, very fast.
Then again, I've been lucky. The only ones who gave me a hard time were those I was supposed to be able to rely on while in the service. The civilians I've seen at the VA and those who have done the C&P exams have been extremely nice and professional. If you do this, please don't become jaded. Yes, there are people that will try to abuse any system. There being a high number of MST cases? That alone isn't shocking to me. Military culture has allowed sexual assault to be a problem for a long time. It's not just my experience. I was also a Unit Victim Advocate for our hospital. Take a look at the Service Women's Action Network.